Experience one of the top visitor attractions in York with a trip to York Minster. Regularly voted one of the most popular things to do in York, the Minster is not only an architecturally stunning building but is a place to discover the history of York over the centuries, its artefacts and treasures.

The Minster is open for sightseeing everyday as well as regular services, events and concerts. Please note there are occasions when York Minster is open for services only. Please check our Closures section for sightseeing closures.

Opening Times

For services

Open daily from 7:00am until 6:30pm - for service times, please check the calendar.


For closures

View our calendar of when the Minster is closed

Please note: Due to Evensong preparation, the Quire closes at 4.15pm for general tourism as does The East End and Crypt (from 4.30pm). All until 6pm. On Sundays these time are brought forward one hour.
All other areas are unaffected.


For sightseeing

Monday - Saturday:
Open 9:00am; last entry at 5pm
12.45pm - 5.00pm

In the winter, Tower Trips may be affected by the weather and will only be available on the day. Large groups (10+) would always be advised to check in advance with reception regarding availability year-round.


Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

Sunday 1pm - 5pm


There are a range of ticket options to suit every visitor, from families to individuals and those wanting to visit more of York's brilliant attractions. For those travelling in a group of 10 or more people, find out about Group Visits.

Plus, your admission ticket to York Minster is valid for 12 months! A free guided tour is included in your admission price, subject to availability. Adult admission starts from just £10 and children under-16 can visit the Minster for free with an adult!

Combined Ticket (Minster and Tower)

Adult - £15
Seniors and Students - £14
Child (ages 8-16*) - £5

*To climb the tower you must be 8+

Minster Only

Adult - £10
Seniors and Students - £9
Child - Free with paying adult*

*valid for up to 4 children visiting the Minster with one adult

UK tax payers may 'Gift Aid' their entrance fee which means that we can claim back 25% of your entrance fee from HM Revenue and Customs.

Did you know?

York Residents: Entrance to the Minster is free with valid identification including: driving licence, utility bill, or proof of York address. Details of the YorkCard scheme are available here

Your Minster ticket includes a free guided tour (subject to availability).

It costs £20,000 a day to run York Minster. Your admission charge directly supports the future of this holy and historic building. In these circumstances we trust you will understand why we charge for entry. No charges are made for those who wish to enter York Minster to pray, light a candle, or attend a service.


Check date
  • Tuesday 17 March 2015
    Quire and East End will be closed 1:30-4:00 for the Memorial Service of Trevor Copley.
  • Wednesday 18 March 2015
    Minster closes at 2:30 for general viewing (last admission at 1:30) for special evensong service. Note: For those wishing to go to the special Evensong (3.30pm), please arrive and be seated by 3.15pm.
  • Wednesday 25 March 2015
    Quire and East End closed 09:00-12:30 for Mother's Union Day Service.
  • Friday 3 April 2015
    Tower closed all day
  • Wednesday 8 April 2015
    Quire closed between 12:00 and 1:00
  • Tuesday 21 April 2015
    Chapter House closed from 4:00
  • Sunday 26 April 2015
    The Minster is closed for general visiting until 3:15 for the St George's Day Service
  • Wednesday 6 May 2015
    Quire closed between 12:00 and 1:00
  • Friday 8 May 2015
    Quire and East End closed from 12:30 to 2:30 for wedding.
  • Saturday 9 May 2015
    Quire and East End closed between 12:30 and 2:30 for wedding

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